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>gtekcr-marvin:/home/marvin# iwconfig
>lo        no wireless extensions.
>eth0      no wireless extensions.
>wlan0     IEEE 802.11g  ESSID:""
>          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.462GHz  Access Point: 
>          Bit Rate:54Mb/s   Tx-Power:16 dBm
>          RTS thr:2347 B   Fragment thr:2346 B
>          Encryption key:off
>          Power Management:off
>          Link Quality:100/100  Signal level:-10 dBm  Noise 
>level:-256 dBm
>          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
>          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0

So you are using 802.1g, 54 Mbit/s. You have signal 
-> layer 1 is fine, but you can not associate to the WLAN. 

The MAC address of you access point is not known 
-> no connection at layer 2

That is the problem!

You need the essid and associate to the WLAN. Perhaps the essid is
hidden - not broadcasted.
You need information about the access point!
Is WEP enabled? Is MAC adress filtering enabled, ist EAP enabled, 802.1x

If your collegues windoze box is working the easiest way is to look up
his configuration.

If layer 2 is working, than layer 3 comes next:

>gtekcr-marvin:/home/marvin# ifconfig -v
>wlan0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:30:BD:F0:E6:41
>          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
>          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
>          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
>          RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
>          Interrupt:11 Memory:10800000-10801fff

You do not have an IP address (no wonder, since you do not have layer 2
If layer 2 works: can you get an IP address via dhcp? (#dhcpcd wlan0) or
does your notebook needs to configured at the dhcp server? Do you know
the IP network range, free adresses and mask, can you configure a free
IP manually and ping the access point?

etc etc

Unfortunately wireless stuff is not so trivial under linux as under
windoze. You need to troubleshoot systematically.
Good luck !

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